Chris Benge

Oklahoma House of Representatives

Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge has been named Gov. Mary Fallin's Native American liaison.

Fallin made the appointment Monday in an executive order in which she established her cabinet for her second four-year term.

Benge, a member of the Cherokee Nation, will serve as secretary of state and Native American affairs. He succeeds Jacque Secondine Hensley, who had advised the governor on American Indian affairs since July 2012. Hensley has accepted a position with the Department of Human Services, where she will work on Native American issues.

Oklahoma House of Representatives

Former Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge has been appointed secretary of state.

Gov. Mary Fallin announced the appointment Wednesday. Benge will start the position on Nov. 8. The Senate must still confirm the appointment.

As secretary of state, Benge will be a senior adviser to Fallin on policy, economic and legislative issues.

Benge, a Republican from Tulsa, was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1998 and served until 2010.

Study Suggests OKPOP Museum Would Have $18 Million Impact

May 15, 2013
An artist's rendering of the proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP) in Tulsa.
Oklahoma Historical Society

A new study estimates that the proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture in downtown Tulsa would have a nearly $18 million impact in its first year of operation.

The study by the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce also estimates the museum would provide additional benefits, such as creating nearly 400 permanent jobs, a 650-space parking garage in downtown Tulsa and boost tourism.